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    July 19, 2011
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tabloid trouble. what did they know? and when did they know it? rupert murdoch, his son and a top executive testified before parliament today in the phone hacking scandal that has rocked the uk. no mercy. unrelenting heat smothers more than half of the country, and refuses to budge. and homeward bound. the "atlantis" departs from the international space station for the "atlantis" departs from the international space station for the final time. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the british parliament gets its shot at rupert murdoch this morning. murdoch, his son james, and murdoch's former chief newspaper executive testified before a parliamentary committee this
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morning about the phone hacking scandal. a member of murdoch's board of directors is denying reports that the directors are considering replacing murdoch. but bloomberg news reports murdoch's future could depend on this morning's testimony. charlie d'agata is in london with the latest on this. good morning, charlie. >> good morning to you, betty. i think we can expect some high drama later this afternoon. some fireworks. the fact is, a lot of people are angry at the murdochs. british politicians are going to take advantage of that fact, and come out with the gloves off. now, it's rupert murdoch himself who takes center stage in the unfolding hacking drama that has engulfed his empire. >> for rupert murdoch this is the best thing that could ever happen. this is the best case they could ever have to argue against murdoch and say you have too much power. >> reporter: murdoch and his son james will tell british lawmakers how much they knew about allegations their journalists tapped into voice mails and regularly paid off police. so will former british ceo rebekah brooks who police are already investigating.
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the controversy has forced the head of scotland yard and his deputy to resign over their alleged links to a former murdoch executive. the scandal has reached the highest levels of the british government, with opposition leaders saying the prime minister himself has questions to answer about his close ties to the murdoch empire. >> but at the moment, he seems unable to provide the leadership the country needs. >> reporter: rebekah brooks is a friend and a neighbor to the prime minister. the pair have met repeatedly since cameron took office 14 months ago. the prime minister cut short a trip to africa and called for an emergency session of parliament. in a further twist to the scandal, police found one of the first whistleblowers about hacking dead in his home. police are calling sean hoare's death unexplained, but not suspicious. now the murdochs have been coached by the best pr company in the land. not just on what to say, but how to say it. this is all about damage
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limitation, taking care of business here, and making sure it doesn't spread to the murdoch empire in the u.s. betty? >> all right, so, charlie, that being the case, is there any way the murdochs can come away from this hearing with anything resembling somewhat of a victory? >> most commentators here will tell you no. because the fact is, they're going to look at the hacking that was taking place, and either they knew about it and they've been involved in some sort of cover-up, or they didn't know about these alleged illegal activities, and they'll just be seen as incompetent. betty? >> all right, charlie d'agata in london for us. thank you, charlie. u.s. officials have confirmed they met with representatives of moammar gadhafi's regime last weekend. three senior u.s. diplomats met with gadhafi advisers on saturday in an unnamed country. u.s. officials say the meeting was not a negotiation, but that they delivered a clear and firm message. gadhafi must step down. here at home, another giant dust storm rolled over phoenix, arizona. the giant wall of dust was pushed by wind gusts of up to 40
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miles per hour, and rose some 3,000 feet into the air. in some areas, visibility was less than a quarter of a mile. some airline flights were even delayed. this dust storm was not as strong as the one that hit earlier this month. the dangerous heat wave continues to grip much of the central u.s., as it begins to move east. the high temperatures and humidity are expected to continue for the first of the week. the rest of the week, as well. manuel gallegus reports. >> reporter: from the northeast, to the plains, to the south, americans are sweltering. and doing whatever they can to keep cool. if your job is outside, you get creative. >> i got my rag soaked in some cold water just trying to stay cool out here. it's hot. >> reporter: more than 40 states will be sizzling in the 90s or above again this week. >> take into account the humidity it feels like the mid to upper 90s and up and up we will go. >> reporter: in oklahoma it's the 28th day above 100 degrees. at a theme park in omaha, they're tossing ice in the pool
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to keep swimmers from melting. and in iowa, firefighters say the heat was enough to cause wood stains stored in a family's garage to spontaneously come bust. it's already hot here in the northeast. and it's about to get even hotter. the stifling heat wave over the middle of the country is now headed this way. and in many states, the heat is more than just uncomfortable. a third of the u.s. is struggling with drought. the last five months have been the driest on record in texas. crops, cattle, and the local economies, are suffering. many ranchers can't grow enough hay to feed their animals. >> we're in survival mode. we're just trying to survive, and do the best we can, until conditions get better. >> reporter: as the week goes on, forecasters say more records will probably be broken. and we won't know the full severity of summer until it's over. manuel gallegus, cbs news, new york. police believe an oregon man stabbed his wife and four children to death and then set fire to their house.
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firefighters tried to revive the victims, who also suffered smoke inhalation. the father who was pulled from the burning house was hospitalized yesterday and remains under guard. but so far, has not been charged. in port st. lucie, florida, a 17-year-old boy is charged with killing his parents. listen to this, police say tyler hadley bludgeoned his parents to death saturday afternoon, hid their bodies in the bedroom, and then had a big party saturday night after posting invitations on facebook. hadley is charged with two counts of first degree murder. after the battle over raising the debt limit. today the house is scheduled to take a largely symbolic vote on a republican-backed measure that has virtually no chance of passing in the senate. a just-released cbs news poll finds 48% disapprove of how the president is handling the negotiations. congress fares even worse, 58% disapprove of how democrats are handling it, and 71% disapprove
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of what republicans are doing. tara mergener is in washington with more on this. good morning, tara. >> good morning, betty. no question, there is a lot of pressure all the way around here. and options are getting fewer and fewer, as the deadline looms. house republicans are on track to pass a plan that would raise the debt limit, for a price. >> we can no longer borrow 40 cents out of every dollar in this country. that's why we must pass cut cap and balance. >> reporter: the tea party backed proposal would let the government borrow another $2.4 trillion in exchange for deep spending cuts. and a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. but the measure is expected to hit a dead end in the senate. >> it's duck, dodge and dismantle. >> reporter: the white house is also threatening to veto it. >> but it would essentially require the dismantlement of our social safety net, social security, medicare and medicaid. >> reporter: with time running out, momentum is building in the senate for a bipartisan backup plan. it would let president obama raise the debt ceiling in
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stages, as long as he agrees to matching spending cuts. >> we need to stay in every day until we resolve this crisis confronting our country. >> reporter: while the proposal has a chance in the senate, house conservatives are demanding deeper cuts. >> the mcconnell plan doesn't work. i wasn't elected to do nothing, to kick the can down the road. >> reporter: the white house is urging lawmakers to reach some sort of deal by friday. now, republican senator tom coburn of oklahoma is pushing for his own 600-page, $9 trillion plan, which would include major cuts to social security, medicare and student aid. the battle continues. >> yes, it does. tara mergener in washington for us. thank you, tara. the space shuttle is headed home for the last time. early this morning, "atlantis" undocked from the international space station, marking the end of the final visit of the shuttle to the station. "atlantis" left behind a year's worth of supplies on its final flight. the shuttle crew is due to land
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at kennedy space center thursday morning. just ahead on the "morning news," big banks and mortgage companies break another promise. plus, is charlie sheen winning again? details on a new sitcom. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ have a better day [ male announcer ] only subway has a deal this flat-out delicious -- the new $3 flatbread breakfast combo. a toasty 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich and a 16-ounce cup of freshly brewed seattle's best coffee. all for just $3. build your better breakfast today. a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain
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the illegal practice of signing off on mortgages without reading them virtually shut down foreclosures last fall, and is still slowing down the housing industry. on the "cbs moneywatch," good news if you're in the market for a small car. bad news if you want to buy a book. ashley morrison is here in new york with these stories and more. good morning. >> good morning to you, betty. well, a relatively flat day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei dropped a fraction while hong kong's hang seng edged up slightly. today, wall street gets the latest on the housing market. on monday debt worries pushed stocks lower. the dow dropped 95 points while the nasdaq fell 24. concerns about stocks pushed gold to a record high. it was up more than $12 an ounce monday to settle above $1,600 for the first time. the precious metal is commonly viewed as a relatively safe investment. cisco is downsizing. the world's largest producer of computer networking gear says it will cut 6,500 jobs in an effort to cut costs and raise profits,
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as the company tries to become more competitive. the layoffs could start as early as friday. well, there are no takers for borders. the struggling bookstore chain says it has not received a single offer for the company. so it will liquidate its remaining stores. nearly 11,000 employees will be out of work. if you're thinking of trading in our clunker for something more fuel efficient, it might pay to wait just a little while. prices for smaller cars, both new and used, are expected to come down this fall after hitting record highs this summer. the reason -- lower gas prices should drive down demand, and honda and toyota are expected to ramp up production of more compact vehicles. and you just can't keep a winning man down. charlie sheen has confirmed his tv comeback. the former "two and a half men" star will return in a new comedy called, wait for it, "anger management." it's loosely based on a jack nicholson movie of the same name. sheen has an ownership stake in the show.
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but has yet to find a network to buy it. he says he knows it might be a quote, stretch, for him to play a character with serious issues. betty, i don't know. i don't think he's going to have to flex his acting muscles too much there. >> i think there's some real-life experience in that area. >> just a tad. >> ashley morrison live here in new york. thank you. superstar justin bieber made one bride and groom in california very happy by crashing their wedding reception. bieber took photographs with the couple friday night. he was hanging out in malibu, according to tmz, and heard one of his songs on a karaoke machine and then decided, well, to check it out. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, a slugfest in baltimore as the orioles put up football-like numbers. ♪ i may be mud, but i have standards. mops? please. some of them have bacteria. ♪ and they try to pick me up? ew. i'm really hard to get.
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in sports, tempers flare in tampa as the rays take on the yankees. new york's a.j. burnett got into an argument with one of the fans. even the lights went out, delaying the game 18 minutes. oh, yes. a great game. in the end the yanks' brett gardner makes a hard slide into second. nick swisher scores on the throwing error. game tied at four but in the next inning, new york takes the lead on a bases-loaded walk. yankees rally to beat the braves 5-4. the red sox put the big hurt on the orioles, lighting up camden yard with 16 hits. they outscore baltimore 15-10. the sox have now won 13 of their last 15 games. and a triumphant return to japan for the new world cup champions. the japanese women's team arrived in tokyo to a hero's welcome. the team dedicated their amazing win over the u.s. to the thousands of people who suffered during the tsunami disaster. and the final set a new twitter record. worldwide, the shoot-out drew over 7,000 tweets a second.
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,,,, on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. more heat and humidity will smother much of the nation. temperatures pushing 100 can be found as far north as canada, all the way to the east coast. and expect severe thunderstorms in the great lakes and mid-atlantic. here's another look at this morning's top stories. rupert murdoch, one of his sons and the former chief executive of his papers face questions from parliament about the phone hacking scandal. meanwhile, a reporter who helped reveal the scandal was found dead in his home. and the house takes a
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symbolic vote on raising the debt ceiling today. the measure calls for a balanced-budget amendment to the constitution, and is certain to face defeat in the senate. the big mystery, where is casey anthony? she hasn't been seen since she got out of prison on sunday. there are rumors she is in southern california. apparently someone found an itinerary with her name on it. the flight, departing orlando, and arriving in palm springs. but so far, no sightings. don't text and walk at the same time in philadelphia. it is illegal, if you don't watch where you're going. and you could get hit with a $120 fine. it's part of a program launched this spring called give respect, get respect. which targets bad behavior. well, you're not going to believe what happened to a blushing bride in michigan at her wedding. she was arrested for identity theft. 53-year-old tammy hinton refused to take off her wedding dress and veil for her mug shot. there she is.
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she was released, though, and reportedly actually went back to the reception, which had apparently started without her. well, in california, paco the crime-fighting canine to the rescue. the 10-pound little guy looks like your average chihuahua but he's got the temper of a pit bull. this video right here, two would-be robbers, one armed with a rifle, burst into paco's owner's shop and demanded all the cash. before you know it a furious paco attacks, jumping, and biting, and when the men try to flee the store, he chases them down the street, nipping at their heels the whole way. his owner says paco was a rescue dog, and is just returning the favor. >> when you rescue a dog from the pound, you never know when you're going to need him. >> neither paco nor his owner were hurt. the police are still looking for the two would-be bandits. way to go, paco. this morning on "the early show," infamous internet sensation rebecca black. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." black. i'm betty nguyen. this is the thbs "morning news."
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the space shuttle "atlantis" is getting ready for its final return trip to earth on thursday. the end of the 30-year shuttle program has begun a fierce new space race to build america's next spaceship. that manned vehicle, well, it's still being designed. but mark strassmann now has a glimpse into the future. >> reporter: beneath boulder, colorado's blue skies, what's happening inside a makeshift garage could relaunch america's manned space program. this is dream chaser. jim vause has the space exploration team at sierra nevada corporation. one of four privately owned company in a nasa-supervised competition to design and build a successor to the space shuttle. >> and it is very much like the shuttle, but much, much, much smaller. >> reporter: dream chaser would
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be 1/40 the shuttle size, a sort of space taxi designed to carry up to seven astronauts, dock with the space station, and then return to earth. nasa's helping to fund the company. sierra nevada got $100 million in seed money. vause, a former nasa astronaut, went on five space missions. >> do you feel any sensation of motion there? >> reporter: i do. now he's helping sierra nevada develop a reusable winged spaceship that he says would do a better job of returning people and science experiments to earth. >> after six months on the space station, landing gently is much better than landing hard in a capsule. and for science return, if we return them to earth and it's not a gentle landing, we could destroy the science returning and it's of no use. >> reporter: but dream chasers competitors took a very different approach. they're all 1960s-style crew capsules. boeing, space-x and blue origin are also getting development money from nasa.
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>> we do things a lot quicker. >> reporter: stokes mcmillan also left nasa's shuttle program to work on dream chaser. he says compared to nasa, the private space business moves at the speed of light. >> one good thing about commercial companies doing this in space, we're so nimble. we can change on a dime. >> reporter: but some critics worry private firms could put profits ahead of safety. and compromise on things like rigorous testing of all systems. >> there will be some unknown risks. >> reporter: space flight veteran peggy whitson runs nasa's astronaut office. >> no matter how safe the commercial providers are, they're not going to have the flight test histories. >> i lost 14 friends on the "columbia" and "challenger" accidents. i know what can happen when a space flight goes wrong. we care about it just like the nasa people do. >> and liftoff -- >> reporter: next spring, nasa expects to pick two finalists, and sometime in 2015, launch astronauts on the first commercial flight to the space station. mark strassmann, cbs news, boulder, colorado. coming up a little bit later
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on "the early show," the latest on the uk hacking scandal, as lawmakers grill rupert murdoch and his son. plus the results of a special investigation into the safety of america's nuclear power plants. and, teen sensation rebecca black performs the much-anticipated follow-up to her mega hit "friday." that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching, everyone, i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. ,,,,,,,,
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